A high-level application using belief functions for exchanging and managing uncertain events on the road in vehicular ad hoc networks


This article introduces a high-level system using belief functions for exchanging and managing imperfect information about events on the road in vehicular ad hoc networks. The main purpose of this application is to provide the most reliable information for the driver from multiple messages received informing the driver about events on the roads. This system and some variants are tested using a MATLAB™ simulator. An implementation with Android smartphones using a Bluetooth technology to exchange the messages is also introduced.

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This work has been financed by the French region Nord-Pas de Calais under the project Campus International pour la Sécurité et l’Intermodalité des Transports (CISIT). The authors are very grateful to the VESPA team, in particular Thierry Delot and Sylvain Lecomte from LAMIH Laboratory, University of Valenciennes, for having helped them in their developments. The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments which have helped them to improve the clarity and the quality of this article.

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Farah, M.B., Mercier, D., Lefèvre, É. et al. A high-level application using belief functions for exchanging and managing uncertain events on the road in vehicular ad hoc networks. Ann. Telecommun. 69, 185–199 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12243-013-0410-7

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  • Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET)
  • Events on the road
  • Imperfect information exchange
  • Belief functions
  • Information fusion